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Students make dozens of blankets for veterans

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BRADENTON, Florida -- At Daughtrey Elementary, each snip of the scissors is special. About 25 students make up the school's quilting club.

From the start of the semester until December, they've made more than 100 blankets. But most the students don't join just because they like arts and crafts. The attraction is who they make the blankets for.

"The children have realized the importance of giving back to the community," said Marie Mueller, the club's instructor.

Once the blankets are finished, they're taken to Bay Pines, and hand-delivered to veterans.

"They just simply say, 'Thank you,' and they really appreciate what we've done for them," said 4th grade student Miguel Montoya.

"It actually makes my heart so happy when I see the children interact with the veterans, because they look up to the veterans with this sparkle in their eyes like they're rock stars," Mueller explained.

The students, though, aren't the only ones who enjoy the exchange.

Ed Neally, with the Manasota Elks Club, who buys all the materials for the blankets and helps deliver them, always notices the vets' reactions.

"It means an awful lot.  It really does," Neally said, "it hits home to them."

Something the kids recognize as well.

"To show them thank you and for keeping our community safe," said 4th grade student Lizbeth Navarro.

It may only be a small gift, but it's making a big difference.

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